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Sheffield Wednesday: JJ fitness boost for Owls

In training: Jermaine Johnson has got back to work after suffering a back problem at MK Dons

In training: Jermaine Johnson has got back to work after suffering a back problem at MK Dons

  • by Paul Thompson Sheffield Wednesday
 

JERMAINE Johnson looks set to be fit to face Wolves tomorrow - but Dave Jones refuses to rule out changes to the side that won with flying colours at Hull.

The success of pace aces Johnson and Michail Antonio as a front-line pairing raises the possibility of a tactical repeat against the Wednesday manager’s old club.

But Jones insists that no-one can take anything for granted as Wolves will pose a different threat from the one presented by Hull.

He will place the opposition’s tactics in the equation when making his decision. Hull use a 3-5-2 formation; Wolves play 4-4-2.

Johnson’ progress, however, is good news after he went off in the 11th minute of the Cup defeat at MK Dons with a spasm in a back muscle.

The winger or striker trained yesterday and should be fit if by today he has suffered no reaction.

“We should have a full squad to pick from,” said Jones. “The physios got into JJ virtually straight away when he came off. He should be ok but we’ll see how he reacts to the training session.

“With the back, you never know. With it being a spasm, you know something has caused it. Hopefully it was just when he jarred it.

“There doesn’t seem to be any disc problem. Your back or any muscle only goes into spasm to protect something that might have been hurt; your body takes over.

“We probably could have continued with JJ the other night. Whether we would have had him back in training so soon, I doubt.

“I’ve rather miss him for two days’ training than miss two weeks or two months.”

Rhys McCabe is also back in the fold after staying off at half time at Hull because he was unwell and playing no part in the MK Dons replay.

Rodri has returned to the squad after having blood drained from bruised thigh.

David Prutton is in contention after serving a two-match ban, having seen Giles Coke and McCabe start at Hull, and Jose Semedo do a sound job for the second half.

It is the last game for Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe under their current loans, and their futures have yet to be decided. “We’re in the process of talking to their clubs,” said Jones.

Although happy with the outcome at Hull, he is keeping Wolves guessing about tomorrow’s set-up: “It can change. We look at different things. Because it worked in that game, can it work in this one? That’s something we can discuss.”

Jones knows that new Wolves manager Dean Saunders has had little time to put his stamp on the club.

“The players are still the same. He might bring in one or two different ones after he’s had a look in training.

“We’ve had them watched at Blackburn last Friday; we know they have their dangerous players. They probably think they shouldn’t be in the position they’re in.

“They’re a great club, as big as ours, tradition-wise. They’ve had a taste of Premier League football and want more of it.

“I had four good years there - good times, nice people. There are a lot people still there from when I worked there. I’ve nothing bad to say about Wolverhampton Wanderers, because I had good times there.”

 

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